Carpenter Location Tracking Bill Passes The House

April 4th, 2019

Springfield, IL – Today, HB 2134 Sponsored by Rep. Ann Williams passed the House. This bill implements the 2018 Carpenter v. the United States Supreme Court decision in Illinois. The Carpenter decision stated that the government must have a warrant before obtaining location data from a phone company. If no warrant is obtained, it is a violation of the 4th amendment. HB 2134 amends the Freedom from Location Surveillance Act so that Illinois law enforcement, in keeping with federal practice, have a warrant before obtaining past, present, and future site location data.

As technology advances rapidly, lawmakers must stay vigilant and ensure that civil rights protections keep pace. This bill secures privacy for Illinois residents and peace of mind when using technology that has become so entwined in our daily lives.

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